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Speaker Paul Ryan

Speaker Ryan on Executive Order on Energy

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement on President Trump’s executive action on energy: “Today’s executive order is based on a fundamental truth: Energy drives our economy. President Obama disregarded this, and the result was a barrage of regulations that crippled America’s energy industry.
NLIHC

Statement from Diane Yentel, President and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition,...

The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) applauds Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Susan Collins (R-ME) for introducing legislation to make permanent the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH). This legislation is crucial to the continued operations and funding of the agency that coordinates the federal response to homelessness across 19 federal agencies and provides guidance to local governments and private organizations to prevent and end homelessness.
MBA

Mortgage Applications Slightly Decrease in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

Mortgage applications decreased 0.8 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending March 24, 2017
MBA

Congressional Testimony of Chairman-Elect Dave Motley on “The State of Bank Lending in America”

Dave Motley, CMB, Chairman-Elect of MBA and President of Colonial Savings, F.A. and its divisions -- Colonial National Mortgage and CU Members Mortgage testified before the House Committee on Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, during a hearing titled "The State of Bank Lending in America." Chairman-Elect Motley's prepared opening statement is enclosed below.
SEIA

SEIA Launches National Consumer Education Campaign

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the national trade association for the solar industry, is launching a nationwide consumer education campaign to inform and protect solar consumers while further simplifying the process of going solar.
AWWA

AWWA’s ACE17 super-saver registration deadline is March 30

The deadline for early registration for the American Water Works Association’s 2017 Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE17) is this Thurs., March 30, at midnight EDT. ACE17 will be held June 11-14 in Philadelphia, Penn.
DOI

Secretary Zinke Statement in Support of President Trump’s American Energy Executive Order

President Donald J. Trump, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Scott Pruitt, and Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced a bold American energy Executive Order that will put our nation on track to full and dominant American energy independence.
NAR

Pending Home Sales Leap 5.5% in February

Pending home sales rebounded sharply in February to their highest level in nearly a year and second-highest level in over a decade, according to the National Association of Realtors®. All major regions saw a notable hike in contract activity last month.
NAHB

Statement from NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald on President Trump’s Executive Order on the Clean...

Granger MacDonald, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas, today issued the following statement regarding President Trump's new executive order on the Clean Power Plan rule
NCOA

National Council on Aging Research Highlights Need for Greater Awareness of Home Equity Products...

Older homeowners have considerable financial worries, but most do not see tapping their home equity as a strategy for creating greater retirement security, according to the results of new research released today by the National Council on Aging (NCOA) through its subsidiary NCOA Services LLC.
MBA

MISMO® Seeks Leaders to Develop New Business Glossary

The Mortgage Industry Standards Maintenance Organization (MISMO), announced today that it is seeking participants to create a new mortgage industry Business Glossary.  The MISMO Glossary will reflect all processes in the mortgage industry, from initial borrower queries to loan payoff, and all events in between, including the provision of services by vendors to regulatory reporting. 
NREL

New Report Shines Light on Installed Costs and Deployment Barriers for Residential Solar PV...

Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are making available the most detailed component and system-level cost breakdowns to date for residential photovoltaic (PV) solar systems equipped with energy storage-and quantifying previously unknown soft costs for the first time.
NAHB

Submissions Now Open for IBS Education Sessions

he National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is now accepting proposals for educational sessions at the 2018 NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS). The show, to be held Jan. 9-11 in Orlando, Fla., is the largest annual light construction show in the world, drawing home builders, remodelers, developers and product manufacturers representing all facets of the housing industry.
NAR

6 REALTOR® Associations Honored for Community Outreach

The National Association of Realtors® has honored six Realtor® associations across the country with Community Outreach Awards. These awards recognize associations that have worked within their communities to make them a better place to live and do business
NCRC

NCRC and Community Groups Send Letter Urging FHFA and Treasury to Shore Up GSE...

Washington, DC - (RealEstateRama) -- ommunity groups led by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) sent a letter to Mel Watt, Director of the...
SEIA

SEIA Hosts Women’s Empowerment Summit to Advance Women’s Role in the Solar Industry

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is hosting its Women’s Empowerment East Coast Summit on April 6 in Washington, D.C. Started last year, SEIA’s Women’s Empowerment Series aims to educate, connect, and provide thought leadership for and from women in the solar industry.
NAHB

Statement from NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald on House Passage of Association Health Plan Legislation

Granger MacDonald, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas, issued the following statement on House passage of association health plan legislation
NAHB

New NAHB Publication Lays Out Simple Steps for Creating a Green Home

A new title recently released from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) offers simple tips for readers to make their homes greener. The publication, Living Green Effortlessly: Simple Choices for a Better Home, published by MyHome Press, the consumer imprint of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), lays out ways to create a green home by using steps to increase a home’s value, and save money
NAHB

New Home Sales Rise 6.1 Percent in February

Sales of newly built, single-family homes continued to expand, rising 6.1 percent in February to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 592,000 units, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau

IBTS Commits to Water Stop Sponsorship of the Mission 10 Miler

The Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, recently became a water stop sponsor of Frederick Rescue Mission’s annual fundraising event, the Mission 10 Miler. IBTS’s sponsorship is a three-year commitment, with the first event taking place this Sunday, March 26th
HUD

HUD AND CENSUS BUREAU REPORT NEW RESIDENTIAL SALES IN FEBRUARY 2017

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau today jointly announced the following new residential sales statistics for February 2017

MBA Releases 2016 Rankings of Commercial/Multifamily Mortgage Firms’ Origination Volumes

According to a set of commercial/multifamily real estate finance league tables prepared by the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), Wells Fargo; JP Morgan Chase & Company; HFF, L.P.; Eastdil Secured; PNC Real Estate; CBRE Capital Markets, Inc.; Key Bank; Meridian Capital Group; Capital One Financial Corp.; and JLL were the top commercial/multifamily mortgage originators in 2016.
AGC

CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT INCREASES IN 43 STATES IN LAST 12 MONTHS; FIVE STATES HIT RECORD...

Forty-three states added construction jobs between February 2016 and February 2017 while 39 states added construction jobs between January and February, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department data released today. Association officials noted that the despite the relatively widespread increase in construction employment, most states are still significantly below peak construction employment levels
NLIHC

Statement from Diane Yentel, President and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition,...

The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) commends Representatives Pat Tiberi (R-OH) and Richard Neal (D-MA) for introducing the “Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act of 2017.” This legislation is designed to strengthen the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (Housing Credit) program to ensure it better serves our nation’s most vulnerable families
MBA

Mortgage Applications Decrease in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

Mortgage applications decreased 2.7 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending March 17, 2017.
AWWA

Utility leaders elevate water infrastructure at AWWA event on Capitol Hill

More than 140 water utility leaders from throughout the United States embarked on 352 meetings with members of Congress this week to elevate the importance of investing in water infrastructure
NAR

Existing-Home Sales Stumble in February

After starting the year at the fastest pace in almost a decade, existing-home sales slid in February but remained above year ago levels both nationally and in all major regions, according to the National Association of Realtors
NIBS

April 21 BSSC Webinar Looks at Steel-Framed Buildings

The National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) will host the third webinar in its 2017 series sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The free webinar, “Design of Seismic Force-Resisting Systems in Steel-Framed Buildings,” will be held Friday, April 21, 2017, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET (11:00 am to 12:00 pm PT).
DOI

DOI Announces $3.74 Million to 12 States for Species Recovery

The Department of the Interior today announced that through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS)  Cooperative Recovery Initiative (CRI) more than $3.74 million is being committed to nine projects across 12 states to help recover some of the nation’s most at-risk species on or near national wildlife refuges.
Natural Resources

Panel: Infrastructure Package Must Include Permitting Reforms to Access Raw Materials

The Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources discussed the importance of domestically sourced raw materials for the upcoming infrastructure package.

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DOI

Secretary Zinke Statement in Support of President Trump’s American Energy Executive...

President Donald J. Trump, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Scott Pruitt, and Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced a bold American energy Executive Order that will put our nation on track to full and dominant American energy independence.

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Speaker Paul Ryan

Speaker Ryan on Executive Order on Energy

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement on President Trump’s executive action on energy: “Today’s executive order is based on a fundamental truth: Energy drives our economy. President Obama disregarded this, and the result was a barrage of regulations that crippled America’s energy industry.